Reading Assignment Sarah Allen Title: Alone on a Hilltop
Summary of essay (be sure to use your own words, without quotations): “Alone on a Hilltop” was written by John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes. It is an exciting story about a young Sioux boy becoming a man and what that journey looked like for him. Four important points of the essay (be sure to use your own words, without quotations): 1)
Indian children never being alone.
The peace pipe playing an important part in the young Sioux night alone. 3)
The young Sioux wanting to be a medicine man.
What the young Sioux went through wasn’t for nothing and he accomplished his task. The text structure:
The structure is in chronological order with the authors stating what happened first, second and third. The signals that lead the reader:
The writers do not use subheadings. Transition words “but, now, for”
Supporting evidence of the claim:
The claim is that Sioux boys have to go through a lot to become a man. The only evidence to support it, is that of the author John (Fire) Lame Deer.
New or Unfamiliar Vocabulary Words:
Hanblechia: first vision seeking.
Kinnichinnick: tobacco made of red willow bark.
Yuwipi: a medicine man.
In high school I went to Arizona with my youth group and had the opportunity to spend a week with local Indians. It was a culture that I had never experienced before. The youth that I spent time with were very passionate about their culture and ancestry. They did not hesitate to tell me about their traditions and life growing u.
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